Wow, it has been beautiful weather, but kind of cool, and now they announce more snow. We are not ready for more snow!
The daffodils planted by the Lyons Garden Club are out just in time for the May Renaissance-Saturday Street Fair, this Saturday, May 15, starting at 9 a.m. A day to celebrate Lyons and spotlight the streetscape upgrades, amenities and new economic vitality in the commercial sector of Lyons’ downtown, on Main and High Streets. Be sure to attend. Lots of sales, music, art, special menu items, balloons, candy and freebies to celebrate the new improvements. Plus the opening of the Outdoor Market.
Plan to attend, show them we care and want to help the town’s economic development.
OLD IS GONE
However, I was sad to see that the mural on the side of the St. Vrain market was painted over last week.
It was a lot of work by many students in 1976. And a lot of pride went into it-telling the story of saving the depot, winning State Fooball Championship in 1974, etc. It held a lot of memories. I guess us “Old” folks have to realize that “New” is the thing.
It is hard to give up the history and memories of such a beautiful mural! As life evolves, we are all going to be taken over, but we must make an effort to save our Heritage some way-somehow!!
SATURDAY, MAY 15, the “Toy Shoppe” Dance Recital at 6:30 p.m., at the Lyons M\Sr High.
GAP (The generational Youth-Senior Group) will hold their yearly end-of-season-picnic in Meadow Park this Sunday, May 16, at 1 p.m.
JUNE 5 & 6
Join the Studio Tour and visit the Lyons Redstone Museum, as well as attend the three, concerts by Sounds of Lyons: June 5, 8 p.m. at Rogers Hall; Sunday-June 6, 2 p.m. at Lyons Comunity Church, and 8 p.m. at Wildflower Pavilion. A two-day festival that brings innovative, collaborative, and experimental experiences of classical music to the community.
Tickets are $15 for a single event and $35 a for festival pass. Plan to attend.
HELP! KEEP THE LYONS VISITORS’ CENTER OPEN
Funds to keep the Lyons Visitors’ Center open are coming in slowly, and are much appreciated. These funds will provide more hours to keep the Center open to the visitors going through. A great Economic Development for the town’s businesses. A donation jar will be at the Lyons Chamber of Commerce meetings so you can help the cause. Send your checks to: Lyons Visitors’ Center, Box 49, Lyons, Co. 80540. Volunteers are welcomed. Wayne Werner and Walt Kinderman have volunteered their service so far. Our thanks.
THE LYONS COMMUNITY CHURCH IS FEATURING SPECIAL MUSIC, and invite all to attend: May 16 – local folk favorite Emilyn Inglis; May 23-Mintze Wu (classical violinist); and May 30 – Jennifer Gard (singer).
A lovely baptism was held on Mother’s Day for: Grace Simonsen, Emma Simonsen, Gareth Boys and Brennan Boys, with sponsors: Kitty & Chuck Keim; Debbie and Jerry Tabor; Kris and Diana Sims; and Bob and Laurel Shaw.
LYONS THIRD GRADERS IMPROVED in CSAP TESTS with 38 students showed: 14%-partially proficient-2009 and 21% in 2010; 69% proficient in 2009 and 68% in 2010; 5% advanced in 2009 and 11% in 2010; and 74% Proficient & Advanced in 2009 and 79% in 2010.
ARBOR DAY WAS RAINED OUT LAST FRIDAY, with a short tree planting held on Tuesday, and the presentation of Certificates to honor the students who won the Essays who wrote on “Trees.” The event was sponsored by the Lyons Parks and Recreation Department.
LYONS MIDDLE SENIOR HIGH EVENTS
Thursday, May 13 – 7 p.m. – National Honor Society Induction;
Friday, May 14 – Yearbook Distribution; Last day to purchase a Yearbook for $55.00;
Monday, May 17 – 7 p.m. – Middle School Fine Arts Show;
Tuesday, May 18 – 7 p.m. – High School Fine Arts Show;
Wednesday, May 19- 7 p.m. - High School Awards Night;
Saturday, May 22 – 9 a.m.-2 p.m. – MESA End of Year Celebration in Auxiliary gym.
Over 30 squares of dancers attended the 35th annual Mother’s Day Square Dance in Laramie, Wyoming, over the weekend with Callers: Ken Bower of Hemet, Ca., Jerry Haag and Dave Guille both of Cheyenne. Great dancing and fun! Several dancers from the area attended, as a start of a summer season.
Several area square dancers attended the Colorado State Journalism Dinner and Honors program at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins Saturday evening to see Diane Gum, editor of the Denver Area Square Dance Bulletin receive a Journalism Honor.
Diane is a former editor of a Dodge City, Kansas newspaper, and a retired Journalism teacher of Littleton High School. The organization also presented scholarships to journalism students from Montrose and Hotchkiss.
May is History Month. A time for us all to remember the History of our Community.
A special History program will be held next Sunday, May 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Lyons Town Hall. Plan to attend.
Denise Berg, author of the “Double Gateway to the Rockies-Lyons, Colorado, 1990’s” and the “Welch Resort-A Hidden Treasure of Boulder County,” presented a program about Lyons at the Loveland Museum Monday evening.
PRESERVATION AWARD IN BOULDER
LaVern Johnson received a Historic Preservation Project Award for the Rehabilitation of the Lyons Redstone Museum on Monday evening at the Boulder County Heritage Round Table. Carol Beam of Boulder County Open Space made the preservation-telling of the ups and downs and ins and outs of the project, since 2005 when she applied for a $10,000 Historic Architect grant; then received $93,272, plus raising the matching funds of $60,000 from the Town, School
District, Lyons Historical Society fundraisers, and 156 donors helped raise the matching funds.
In attendance were: Lloyd and Pat Bowles, who were recognized for their book on “Sawmilling Days” of his parents, Fred and Ruth Bowles, and siblings Lillie, Reta, Jack, and Eugene, growing up in various locations while his father made a living sawmilling.
Denise Berg received a plaque for authoring the “Double Gateway to the Rockies-Lyons, Colorado-1900’s” published in 2009, that Frank Weaver had started (1976-1981) when he passed away suddenly. Also in attendance were: Mrs. LaVern, her son, Ron of Niwot; Lloyd and Pat Bowles of Highlands Ranch; John Hall and daughter, Emma, who is running for Boulder County Coroner. (The Hall family contributed to the Museum’s restoration. The father, Hal Hall was the President of the Lyons School District #47 for fourteen years, 1948-1962, and director on the new St. Vrain School District RE-lJ six years, 1962-1968), and Kathleen Spring, director of the Lyons History Video project.
The Round Table gave Awards to the 2009 Authors; Historic Preservation Awards in Boulder; Awards for City of Boulder Landmarks, Boulder County Landmarks; Square Nail Awards, and Sesquicentennial Recognitions for Boulder’s 150th year. A large crowd attended.
Terri Weir, received a Recognition School Bell for serving as a food employee for 25 years for the St. Vrain Valley School District.
Throughout her term she worked at Lyons Elementary, Lyons Middle Senior High, Hygiene, and is now at Altona. Congratulations Terri.
The Lyons Historical Society will honor the Lyons High graduates whose families have been in the area 50 years and more, at Class Night, Friday, May 28, at 7 p.m. Please call 303-823-5925 if your family qualifies.
THE LYONS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION will host their 4th annual Golf Tournament next Wednesday, May 19 at the Ute Creek Golf Course in Longmont, starting at 8 a.m. The cost is $360 for a team of four or $90 for an individual, which includes green fees, breakfast, and a basket of balls at the driving range, a golf cart, lunch and prizes. Registration is due. Call Rick England at 303-823 5461 or email
Breakfast burritos are provided by City Chicks Food & Flicks and bottled water by Steamboat Mountain Natural Foods. Great fun and a great fundraiser for the Foundation.
Over eight dumpsters were filled last Saturday at the Clean-up hosted by the Town of Lyons, with members of the Town Staff and Board members manning the booth. A great day with lots of “Stuff” hauled away.
Our THANKS to the Lyons Middle School Students who presented the musical Charlotte’s Web last weekend. It was truly a delight.
There were 2 casts: Charlotte - Madison Wright and Abbie Liquori; Wilbur - Emma Stark and Courtney Molz; Homer - Matthew Dillon; Fern - Marisa Hoag and Savannah Bailey-Peterson; Avery and Uncle - Brian Dillon; Lurvy-Jared Alme; John - Nick Sowders; Martha - Savannah Drotar and Erika Barker; Edith - Autumn Wicen and Zoe Porche; Templeton - Kevan Mattes; Sheep - Lauren Simms; Lamb - Eva Oakes; Goose - Stephanie Schooler; Gander - Matthew Smith; Fair Announcer and Barker - Conor Weadley; Owl and Director’s Assistant - Kyler Krantz; Bat - Emma Stevens; Reporters - Khang Luu and Olivia Tauvinkl; Photographer - Braeden Mora; Fair Official - JT Fikes; Farmer - Khang Luu; Spelling Bee Girl - Juliet Watral; Women with Cakes - Olivia Vasquez and Emma Stevens; Baby Spiders - Jaden Bailey Caruso, Lianna Hoag, Joni Liquori, and Alex Wright. The Producer\Director – Dr. Paula Muncy; Musical Director\Accompaniest - Mrs. Brenda Kyzer; Animal Costumes - Jacqueline Bartels; Scenic Artist - Sue Stark; Charlotte’s webs - Doreen Dillon; Makeup Designer - Diane Wright; Lighting and Sound - Zach Tucker; Tech Crew - David Anderson, Emma Chaney, Sean Flynn, Emily Olsen, Izzy Struss, Zach Tucker; program Artwork - Emma Start and Courtney Molz; Set Construction - Tom Muncy, Larry Mattes, Blade Mattes, Pewter Stark, Emma Stark, Clair Stark, Olivia Tauvinki, Gary Peterson, Savannah Bailey-Peterson, Jim Alme; Seamstresses - Jacqueline Bartels and Barbara Mattes; Props - Doreen Dillon, Paula Muncy, Brenda Kyzer; Sound Effects - Tom Muncy; Concessions Coordinator - Doreen Dillon; Rehearsal Food - Julie Smith, Robin Young, Nancy Liquori, Gail Hoag, Kim Alme, Jessica Ornellas, and Dana Watral
Thanks go to all, including those who sold tickets, supervised students, provided food, sold concessions, and contributed props! It was a very enjoyable show.
OUR THANKS to Annalies Wyppler and her daughter, Sonja, who have started the Hot Spots on Facebook, Twitter , and You-Tube to advertise Lyons and its businesses. The Wypplers have operated the Black Bear Inn the past 30 some years, and say that this is an opportunity for Lyons businesses to engage in conversation, to get acquainted, to talk business, to encourage economic development, etc. Access Facebook Twitter, or You-Tube. You will enjoy it.
WITH THE INJURED
Oh no, my good friend Geneva Thomas tripped over a stool in the dark Sunday night and broke her right arm. She was operated on today. We are very sorry, Geneva, and hope you heal real soon!
MOTHER’S DAY IS ALWAYS SPECIAL
I spent the day with my sons, Jerry and Ron, and family for a good meal and get-together.
A special meal was held at the Ray Thomas’ family to honor his brother, Darwin Thomas, visiting from California; a special dinner for Suzanne Gardner, daughter of Maxine Gardner who passed away on April 10, at home of Marge and Dale Saylors, and for Maxine Harkalis with children and grandchildren, and more! Happy Mother’s Day!
Donna Perreault of Gennell, British Columbia, Canada, and her daughter, Tanya, of Copper City, Florida, visited friends and relatives in Lyons last week at a family reunion held last Thursday at the home of James and Darlene Thompson, Donna’s sister. Also, visiting were granddaughters and the daughters of Leona and Bob Forsberg: Tana and Derick Alderman and baby Colton, of Cedar Park, Texas; Shannon and Brian Huey and a week-old baby MaKena of Longmont (both school teachers in Mead and Southmoor Park;); Tatiana and Casey Wadlow of Longmont, and Lauren Mary of Windermere, Florida, who is manager of a hotel at Disney World, and other relatives and friends.
Lu and Jim Speires of Nathrop, Co, are attending a family reunion in Estes Park this week, and had lunch with LaVern Johnson and school co-horts Sharon and Gerald Boland. Lu was the Lyons Community School Director in the 1980s. She recently had a hip replacement and is doing well.
Mark and Pam Browning, new residents of Lyons, from Austin, Texas, are spending this weekend in Lyons, to partake of the May Renaissance. Pam has been spending the summers in “cool” Lyons, and is a member of the Lyons Garden Club, who helped plant the jonquils. They are coming to see them blooming, as well as Lyons Main Street “blooming.” Welcome.
The Goranson boys, Davy and Albert, had a joint wedding Saturday afternoon at Davy’s home on South 5th Street. Davy married Jennifer Kelly and Albert married Olana from Russia. A lovely ceremony and reception.
Donald Stacy of Bethoud son of June & Charles Stacy was married Saturday afternoon also.